Lay membership of the Committee on Standards and Privileges

Memorandum submitted by Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP (P 83, 2010-11)

Having served as Chairman of the Standards and Privileges Committee, I have to say I am unconvinced as to the need for lay membership on the Committee as has been suggested. I am doubtful as to any added value it would provide and I think the Committee works well at present.

Having said that, I am conscious that I only served on the Committee for a relatively short period of time and it may be that the current Chairman and his colleagues take a different view!

February 2011